I am so very ready for this winter to pack up and go on her merry way. It’s not that I have so much against her, it’s just that, I’m ready to start my gardening adventures of 2015. I have many heirloom seeds that I just cannot wait to start.
Actually, I’m hoping to get my craft room in order a bit so that I can start some seeds in there. It’s one place that we have blocked off at all times and so baby boys can’t disturb it. I must make it to the nursery this week for supplies.
I spread all of my seeds across the dining room table the other day, and mapped out exactly where I want to plant everything this year. I had been thinking about purchasing some new raised garden bed kits, but after looking at all that I have, I doubt I’ll need it. Many of the plants that I’ll be growing won’t last all summer (Missouri gets too hot for that), so I’ll be able replant those squares with different crops and get by with what I have. Also, the tomatoes and cucumbers, and other “hot” plants may not go in the ground until some other things are nearly finished (like lettuce and cilantro)…
I found that last year I had a hard time keeping my squares full at all times, so I hope to plan my squares a little better and anticipate what to plant next as each different micro crop finishes.
Here are my plans for this year as they are sketched out at this very moment.
I use my own little hybrid of gardening techniques from my two favorite gardening books Square Foot Gardening and Gaia’s Garden. At one point I was feeling like my head was swimming with the math and timing and trying to figure out the BEST way to start everything. And then I reminded myself that last year I honestly walked outside with seed packets, my Square Foot Gardening book, and poked holes. I did zero planning on paper and it all turned out fabulous. So I’m not overthinking it. Just gonna have fun again.
One area I haven’t planned out, and really can’t until we start to see some spring growth is Ava’s flower and herb garden. It wraps around our bird bath. It’s turning into one of the prettiest patches in the back yard, but I won’t know what has survived until spring, so we can start our seeds and then fill in where we see fit. Sounds like we have some seed planting and craft room clearing to do.
Are you planning a garden this year? and If so what are your plans?